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Believed to Be Alive

Thornton, John W.

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ISBN 10: 0839710240 / ISBN 13: 9780839710240
Published by P.S. Eriksson, Middlebury, VT, 1981
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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This is an incredibly rare book, probably one of a kind. The book is in near fine condition. On the FFEF there is a letter, mostly typed but some handwritten, which reads [October 27, 1981, Dear Bob: Ain't gonna say much in this note just read where I autographed - it says - thanks for being my friend! One thing I would like to ask you to do for me though - read it as soon as you can and as objectively as possible. Then let me know what you truly think of it. Okay? Watch the Dime-ees (signed) John P.S. Not released nor is book in stores until Nov 11th!!] Then on the back side of the first title page there is the following hand printed inscription, [10/27/81 Roberto - my longest and best friend. When you voted me lunch room officer in the 8th grade, wayback in Gillespie Jr. High days would you have ever belived that the lunch room garbage cleaner would be writin' a book? Ya know Bob that may have started me on my way up - with the "nimee-rods and "Limey lingo" and the good ol' swing club days. The fraternity I speak of in this book was and is like we two always had. Like those milk shakes you always brought me when I was lying in the Philly Naval Hospital, badly burned. They helped. Thanks Buddy! Love, John] This story is about a helicopoter pilot who got shot down during the Korean Conflict, and was captured; a nearly forgotten man in a now forgotten war. He was freed, hospitalized, was awarded the Navy Cross, and wrote this great book. The dust jack is in good condition with some edge wear, but the author''s photo has been cut out of the rear flap and taped to the front cover. Maybe Bob did this? This was, after all, his book!. Bookseller Inventory # 001109

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Title: Believed to Be Alive

Publisher: P.S. Eriksson, Middlebury, VT

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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On March 31, 1951, a young Navy helicopter pilot, Lt.(jg) John W. Thornton volunteered for a dangerous mission to rescue a key intelligence unit trapped on a high ridge behind enemy lines in Korea. Although he wrecked his craft while attempting to land on a small clearing atop the ridge, he immediately directed other helicopters to the scene to evacuate the marooned personnel. Thornton's resourcefulness was credited with saving the lives of three men who possessed vital intelligence, and his courage and selfless devotion to duty he gallantly refused to be rescued himself despite rapidly advancing hostile forces--won him the Navy Cross.

This firsthand account of his exploits that day and during the following three years he spent in captivity tell a tale of courage, cruelty, and compassion. His descriptions of combat are blood chilling, and his account of brainwashing is revealing and not without humor. With a foreword by Edwin P. Hoyt and first published in 1981, the book has earned high praise and brought Thornton's experiences to the attention of many Americans. Now back in print after 23 years, it promises to attract new generations wanting to know more about the Korean war and its often overlooked heroes.

About the Author:

John W. Thornton, a retired captain in the U.S. Navy who died in January 2004, was the first Navy helicopter pilot to be shot down and taken prisoner in the history of aviation. In addition to the Navy Cross, he earned nearly thirty other medals and citations.

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